Although the department's Training Areas exist primarily for curricular purposes, they also correspond to a grouping of departmental research strengths into five broad clusters:
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (with strengths in developmental psychobiology, cognitive neuroscience, animal learning, comparative psychology, and physiological psychology);
Clinical Science (with strengths in health psychology, personality disorders and assessment, anxiety disorders, depression, child abuse and neglect, psychophysiology, marital and family dysfunction, and substance abuse);
Cognition (with strengths in visual cognition, language, memory, judgement and decision-making, categorization, and computational modeling);
Health Psychology (with strengths in psychosocial risk factors for physical disease, patient adherence to medical regimens, psychoneuroimmunology, animal models of hypertension and heart disease, medical care-seeking, women's health, and gender disparities in physical health);
Social Psychology (with strengths in social cognition, judgment and decision-making, psychology of the self, close relationships, social influence, attribution, the social psychology of groups, personality and individual differences, and social-emotional development).